Mount Koya Daytrip from Osaka

Mar 3rd, 2018, 03:51 AM
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Mount Koya Daytrip from Osaka

I am planning a 1 day trip to Mount Koya during a short stay in Osaka. Please let me know if you have done this and how you went about it and any other helpful feedback you may have. Thank you.
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Mar 3rd, 2018, 05:17 AM
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There are some very interesting temples on Koyasan, but I trust you realize that one of the delights of visiting there is to spend a night in a temple.
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Mar 3rd, 2018, 10:09 AM
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We did it a few years ago. Coincidentally I was just looking at transferring the details over from our old to our new blog. We travelled from Kyoto rather than Osaka but it was a bit of a convoluted journey involving:
a bus to Kyoto station,
  • The Super-Express to Wakayama
  • a local train to Hashimoto
  • another local train to Gorigushi
  • the funicular railway to Koyasan station
  • a bus into town.
a day trip would be long and involved and I would strongly suggest staying overnight at one of te temples. We stayed at Eko In and loved it. The deal involved dinner and breakfast (and the food was amazing), a morning service at the temple. We spent two nights there and used it to explore the temples around th town with the aid of a volunteer guide and paid day and night visits to Okonuin. A highlight of our time in Japan.

I cant find my notes, but I think we booked the temple either with
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Mar 4th, 2018, 04:15 AM
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Please note that there is some issue with the train track to Koyasan due to the typhoon in October, so you have to take a substitute bus which can take longer (see also japan guide-mount koya acces and orientation)

We still went there and it was worthwhile, but thoroughly recommend to stay the night (that was the highlight).
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I recommend staying the night. As that is the best part and a day trip would be a long day. However, itís less involved than it looks; the local trains/buses are coordinated time wise, and itís an easy, though time consuming trip.
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You could see the sights with an early morning start, but as others have suggested, it's far better to experience Koyasan - and walking around after all the day trippers left gives a wholly different atmosphere.
For transport, consider the Koyasan World Heritage Ticket. For places to stay, try
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